Kariamu and Company: Traditions — A Celebration of African Dance
Monday, November 12, 7:30 PM
Louis Armstrong Theatre
Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts
Prelude carillon concert from 7:10–7:25 p.m. featuring
University Carillonneur, Professor Julianne Vanden Wyngaard
Dance performance followed by reception
Kariamu Welsh, honorifically known as Mama Kariamu, is a Guggenheim award–winning dance scholar, choreographer, educator, and the founder of the Umfundalai technique, which is a contemporary African dance technique based on traditional ideas from Africa and throughout the African diaspora. Welsh is a professor in the dance studies department in the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. For the past 40 years, Welsh has developed Umfundalai as a dance technique that seeks to articulate the essence of African-oriented movement while highlighting the cultural and aesthetic continuity found in the rhythm and artistic sensibilities that cover the full range of African dance. As an “artivist,” Welsh feels that one of her responsibilities is to tell the stories, myths, legends, and histories of the marginalized, the invisible, the forgotten, and the oppressed.
Welsh, whose work has captivated national and international audiences, brings her electrifying vision of the shared commonalities and aesthetic elements found in African dance to our 2018 Fall Arts dance audiences.
2017: Celebrating Originality: Defying Gravity with Aerial Dance Chicago
2016: The Francesca Harper Project and GVSU Dance present “Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus Ballet”
2015: Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers present “Meditations in Motion: Virtuosity and Imagination in Dance — Innovation and Modernity in Music”
2014: Gallim Dance: Articulate Bodies, Visceral Language
2013: Memories of Summer — The American Identity in Dance
2011: The Spanish Tradition: Manuel de Falla, El Corregidor y la Molinera